After Killings, Northside Residents Say 'Enough is Enough'
Going door-to-door down three North Minneapolis blocks on Thursday, Sidney Honeycutt found her cause.
"It all has to start somewhere. It all starts somewhere," she said in between visits with residents.
Honeycutt's cousin, five year-old Nizzel George, was hit and killed by a stray bullet while he slept on his grandmother's couch in a Northside home in June.
"And that lit a fire under me to get out and try to do something," Nizzel told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, clipboard in hand.
More than a dozen volunteers in a new, "Enough is Enough," campaign that launched in late June canvassed Bryant, Colfax, and Dupont Avenues North on Thursday, knocking on doors and speaking with residents.
"Do you feel safe on your block or in your neighborhood?," Honeycutt asked Marcella Dolezal, who has lived in her Hawthorne neighborhood home since World War II ended.
"It's really patrolled pretty good. We feel safe enough, you know," Dolezal told a reporter later.
But other residents did not share the same view.
"I've been here six years," Oradell Winters said. "I'm scared."
Winters told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she can't afford to leave the neighborhood, but can't risk going outside much, either.
"There's not lots of hope here. Only hope we got is we stay to ourselves and stay in the house and try to stay out of people's business," said Winters.
While she praised the effort of the Enough is Enough volunteers, Winters did not think it would make much of a difference.
"That don't hold the killing off. That don't stop the killing... There's nothing we can do but try to save ourselves and save our kids," explained Winters.